Religious Figure: Pat Robertson , Education and the Military

Pat Robertson has been known for his controversial statements just as much as his contribution to his religion. In this article, you will learn the title that got him so wiled up and sent him threatened to sue a major television station. Other facts will center on his education and experiences with the military.

It is said that to separate himself from religious icons that were surrounded by scandal, Robertson fought to be called a ‘religious broadcaster’ instead of being dubbed a “television evangelist” or “televangelist” like Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker. He even threatened to sue a major television station for using such names to refer to him.

From 1940 to 1946, Robertson attended The McCallie School (with a motto of ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.’) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon his graduation, he had earned honors that allowed him to enroll at Washington and Lee University, where he decided to major in history.

When the draft was reinstated in 1948, Robertson was given the choice to join up with the Marine Corps or be drafted into the Army. He chose the Marine Corps, which gave him the opportunity to complete college under the circumstances that he attends Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia during the summertime.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree, Robertson graduated magna cum laude. He also became the first person to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at the graduation ceremony at Washington and Lee.

In January of 1951, Robertson was sent to Japan for four months, where he led rehabilitation training for Marines that had been wounded in Korea. To this day, former Republican Congressman Paul McCloskey Jr (who served with Robertson), claimed that his father pushed for his son to avoid combat duty and made sure that he spent most of his time in an office in Japan. Sources say that when McCloskey was questioned under oath in regards to the allegations, he would not repeat his statement against Robertson. As for the rest of his military career , in 1952, Robertson was promoted to First Lieutenant when he arrived in the United States.

A Washington Post quote printed on August 23rd, 1992, states Robertson as saying: “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”

On September 27, 1993, Robertson said the following on “The 700 Club”: “The public education movement has also been an anti-Christian movement…We can change education in America if you put Christian principles in and Christian pedagogy in. In three years, you would totally revolutionize education in America.”